Translation of "lead" - English-French dictionary


verb /liːd/ (past tense, past participle led /led/)

to guide or direct or cause to go in a certain direction

conduire, mener
Follow my car and I’ll lead you to the motorway
She took the child by the hand and led him across the road
He was leading the horse into the stable
The sound of hammering led us to the garage
You led us to believe that we would be paid!

to go or carry to a particular place or along a particular course

A small path leads through the woods.

(with to) to cause or bring about a certain situation or state of affairs

The heavy rain led to serious floods.

to be first (in)

An official car led the procession
He is still leading in the competition.

to live (a certain kind of life)

She leads a pleasant existence on a Greek island.
leader noun

a person who is in front or goes first

The fourth runner is several miles behind the leaders.

a person who is the head of, organizes or is in charge (of something)

The leader of the expedition is a scientist.

an article in a newspaper etc written to express the opinions of the editor.

He used the leader to criticize the government’s immigration policy.
leadership noun

the state of being a leader

He took over the leadership of the Labour party two years later.

the quality of being able to lead others; leadership ability

qualités de chef
The post requires a person who combines leadership and energy
She’s got leadership potential
Does he have any leadership qualities?
lead on

to deceive with false expectations.

faire marcher qqn
He accused her of leadning him on.

to go first; to show the way

ouvrir la marche
Lead on!
lead up the garden path

to deceive

mener en bateau
He led them up the garden path by persuading them to invest in a bogus company.
lead up to

to progress towards; to contribute to

conduire à
to lead up to a climax
the events leading up to the First World War.
lead the way

to go first (especially to show the way)

passer devant
She led the way upstairs.

(Translation of “lead” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)